Tech-savvy 16-year-old Indian-American from Dublin, California Archit Kumar developed a new video game, Monkey Fright, to raise awareness about cruelty to monkeys during experiments and to pressure laboratories to adapt more modern methods that do not harm animals.
With this game Dublin High School junior, Kumar hopes to aid People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’s efforts in shutting down National Institutes of Health experiments on monkeys.
Monkey Fright is Kumar’s first project in helping a social cause.
“I’ve always really been interested in computers and I’ve been trying to create something more helpful related to social issues,” Kumar told News India Times. “I don’t think there was any organization that actually used a game as a means of educating people about their issues. So, I thought PETA was a great one for me to collaborate with.”
In Kumar’s video game which is now available to play on PETA’s Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) website players can direct an animated monkey on a desperate search for freedom through one of NIH’s labs. One wrong move, and the animal ends up locked in a cage and is terrorized by ruthless experimenters, according to a press release from PETA.